How psychologist David Spindler helped Rohan Dennis win his second world title

Dr David Spindler is an Andorra-based sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. In the first part in this two-part series, Spindler spoke about what it’s like to work with elite athletes, what makes pro cyclists stand out, and what he enjoys most about his role. In this second and final part, he … The post How psychologist David Spindler helped Rohan Dennis win his second world title appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists

Dr David Spindler is a sports psychologist who works almost exclusively with professional cyclists. You might recognise his name — Rohan Dennis publicly thanked Spindler after winning his second world time trial title back in September, after what was a tumultuous few months for the Aussie pro. In addition to working with individual pro cyclists, … The post What it’s like to be a sports psychologist for professional cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gallery: Bikes, kit and famous faces at the Rouleur Classic show

Joseph Delves 1 Nov 2019 Some of the best bits from the annual Rouleur Classic Words and photography Joseph Delves The Rouleur Classic is an annual celebration of all things road racing. Held in the swanky surroundings of Victoria House in Bloomsbury, London, you’ll need to pop on your smart shoes and cough up a decent chunk for tickets. However, in exchange, you’ll get free drinks all night (on opening night), along with the chance to pester several decades’ worth of cycling champions for their autograph. Image 5 of 183 Image 5 of 183 Divided between a theatre where the great and good hold forth, and an exhibition stacked with the latest bikes and kit; first on stage was British Cycling’s latest track bike . Created by British brands Lotus and Hope, it was introduced by Tony Purnell, GB Cycling’s head of technology. Thereafter deposited on a pedestal in the ...

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Adam Blythe retires from professional cycling

Adam Blythe

Joe Robinson 31 Oct 2019 The 30-year-old hangs up his wheels to focus on other areas in pro cycling Adam Blythe has announced his retirement from professional cycling citing the mounting sacrifices needed to compete at the top level. The 30-year-old took to his Instagram page to make the announcement on Thursday morning. 'It's time for me to hang up my wheels as a professional bike racer,' Blythe wrote on his Instagram. 'I have seen the sport change a lot over the past decade, with the sacrifices getting greater and greater for a pro to keep competing at the top level. 'With this in mind, the time is now right for me to step away from racing, spend more time with my beautiful Mrs and three beautiful children while focusing on what else I can do in the sport.' View this post on Instagram Its time for me to hang ...

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First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020

First Saudi Tour confirmed for 2020

Joe Robinson 29 Oct 2019 New race certain to raise further sportswashing questions Saudi Arabia will host its first major cycling event in 2020 as Tour de France organiser ASO announced a new five-day stage race for next season. The oil-rich Middle Eastern state will host the 2.1 category race between 4th and 8th February with the race set to take place around the capital, Riyadh, and its surrounding desert hills. Announcing the race, CEO of ASO Yann Le Moenner claimed this new race would further develop the growing racing scene in the Middle East. 'We are involved in the emergence of a new racing scene in the Middle East, which corresponds to the riders’ demands at the beginning of the year. The creation of the Saudi Tour and its sustainable installation in the calendar is part of this movement,' said Le Moenner. 'This new race both represents an exciting ...

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Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Young Brit Matt Holmes makes jump to WorldTour with Lotto-Soudal

Joe Robinson 28 Oct 2019 Moving from Madison Genesis, Holmes has earned the right to ride in cycling's highest tier Young British rider Matt Holmes has earned the right to race in the WorldTour after signing with Lotto-Soudal . The 25-year-old will join the Belgian team on a one-year deal after impressing at Continental level with Madison Genesis. Holmes finished sixth overall at the Tour de Yorkshire and 15th overall at the Tour of Britain . The Lancastrian also claimed fourth at the Tokyo Olympics test event in July, finishing 2 minutes 29 seconds behind winner Diego Ulissi, a result that convinced Lotto-Soudal we was a good enough rider to make the step up. 'After Tokyo, Lotto-Soudal contacted me. I thought I was dreaming until I could finally sign my contract yesterday. It will be a big step from racing in Britain to racing all over the world but I ...

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Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida

Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida

Next year, sprinter Mark Cavendish will race for Bahrain Merida, a joint venture between the kingdom of Bahrain and the McLaren Group of which the F1 team is a part.

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Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida team for 2020 season

Cavendish joins Bahrain Merida team for 2020 season

In 2020, sprinter Mark Cavendish will race for Bahrain Merida, a joint venture between the kingdom of Bahrain and the McLaren Group of which the F1 team is a part.

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Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Mark Cavendish joins Bahrain-Merida

Joe Robinson 25 Oct 2019 Rod Ellingworth and McLaren draw Cavendish on a one-year deal Mark Cavendish will ride for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 it has been confirmed. The sprinter will join on a one-year deal hoping to kickstart his career after a spate of injury and illness. The Middle Eastern team confirmed the signing of Cavendish on Friday afternoon, however it had been long rumoured that the 34-year-old would be making the switch. British motoring company McLaren will be a key sponsor for Bahrain-Merida in 2020 and the brand has previously worked closely with Cavendish, most notably on the development of the Specialized S-Works Venge bike. This close relationship was also boosted by the fact Rod Ellingworth will be the team's manager for next season. Ellingworth has long worked with Cavendish in the past in both the national team and at Team Sky, a relationship that helped Cavendish make up ...

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Confirmed: Power output isn’t compromised in a super-low sprint position

Supported by Caleb Ewan’s sprint position has become something of a fascination in recent years. Here at CyclingTips we’ve written a handful of articles on the subject, largely because there’s been a bunch of research showing how effective the position is. In the past year, no fewer than three independent studies, from different researchers, using different methods, … The post Confirmed: Power output isn’t compromised in a super-low sprint position appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Could this be the end of the road for the German sprinter? Andre Greipel could be the next high-profile sprinter to retire from the sport after the German terminated his contract with Arkea-Samsic. The 37-year-old made a request to team manager Emmanuel Hubert to end his two-year deal a season early which the team agreed to. Greipel said he will announce his next steps in November after taking a holiday and time away from his social media accounts. 'About four weeks ago I asked the management of the team to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request,' said Greipel. 'I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season’s results, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights.' Greipel then ...

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Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida

Former teammates and longtime sprint rivals André Greipel and Mark Cavendish are heading in new directions for the upcoming seasons Read the full article at Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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It was a different Worlds back then: How things have changed since 1982

Felix Lowe 18 Sep 2019 It has been 37 years since the World Championships last came to Britain. How times have changed With the 2019 UCI World Championships soon to start in Yorkshire, Cyclist columnist Felix Lowe looks back at the men's race - and the wider world - the last time it visited British shores, when the best riders did laps of Goodwood in 1982. This article is in the current issue of Cyclist magazine - on sale now Words Felix Lowe Illustration Clear As Mud When Beppe Saronni motored to the rainbow stripes at glorious Goodwood, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was top of the charts, having dethroned ‘Come On Eileen’ the day before. Yes, it really has been that long since the UCI World Championships have been held in Britain. In the 37 years since then, Italy has had the honour of hosting the Worlds six times, Spain ...

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Roadside viewing: Where to watch the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships

Myles Warwood 19 Sep 2019 Some of the roadside spots where you can catch a glimpse of Yorkshire 2019. Photos: Alex Wright, Myles Warwood, Simon Renilson, Offside Since welcoming the Tour de France in 2014, Yorkshire has embraced cycling. From this weekend, Yorkshire welcomes the world of cycling to compete for the coveted rainbow jersey. Where to watch is as important as choosing where to go on your next cycling holiday. Lucky for you, like a busy travel agent, I’ve scoured the maps and race timetables to find the best that Yorkshire has to offer. Where to watch the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships from the roadside Image 2 of 9 Image 2 of 9 Para-Cycling International, Mixed Team Time Trial Relay, Men’s and Women’s Junior Time Trials Para-Cycling International : Beverley/Tadcaster/Wetherby to Harrogate, 21st September, 12:00-17:00 Mixed Team Time Trial Relay : Harrogate Circuit (two laps), 22nd September 2019, 13:10–15:40 ...

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Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2019 Doull to partner Cavendish for track event at Lee Valley Velodrome next month Olympic champion and Team Ineos rider Owain Doull will partner Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day next month. The Welshman, fresh off of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana , joins Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan as the latest big name to be confirmed for the Lee Valley Velodrome event. Doull's track pedigree could easily be forgotten with the 26-year-old having raced as part of the British WorldTour team on the road for the past two seasons. However, Doull is an Olympic champion having been part of the 2016 Rio team pursuit line-up that also saw Bradley Wiggins , Steve Burke and Ed Clancy take gold. Doull will ride alongside fellow Olympic track medallist Cavendish as the pair headline the six days of racing. Talking on his partnership ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Sep 2019 An entertaining day at the Tour of Britain with riders not yet ready to give up on the overall win, but none could match Van der Poel Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour of Britain by beating his nearest rival Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final steep ascent into Burton Dassett Country Park. The exciting finish came after a stage that started rapidly as the riders battled for the bonus seconds at the early intermeidate sprint and ended just as quickly as the strongest riders at the race contested the stage win. See related Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4 Tour of Britain 2019: Race reports, route, teams and all you need to know Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race schedule, routes and all you need to know Frenetic ...

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Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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